- 8:36 am Sunday, March 12th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The three pronged crusade by Republicans to overhaul the Obama health law involves not only two major legislative efforts in the Congress, but also regulatory changes from the Department of Health and Human Services, as the Trump Administration has ample opportunity now to make regulatory moves that would reverse the implementation of the health law, and alter how the feds deal with health insurance coverage.
“There are 1,442 provisions in Obamacare that says the Secretary has discretion,” Speaker Paul Ryan said last week in an interview on the Sean Hannity radio show.
“Tom Price is going to use that discretion to [More]
- 3:45 pm Saturday, March 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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A federal prosecutor in New York, who had been asked to stay in his post by President Donald Trump, was fired on Saturday after refusing an order from the Justice Department to resign his high profile position.
“I did not resign,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara tweeted after officially being told that he was on his way out of his job as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“One hallmark of justice is absolute independence,” Bharara said in a written statement, “and that was my touchstone every day that I served.”
It was not immediately clear why Bharara had been pushed [More]
- 8:00 am Saturday, March 11th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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The arrival of the month of March marked the end of an era on Capitol Hill, as veteran Associated Press radio reporter Jerry Bodlander retired after over thirty years in the business, most of that time covering news for AP Radio from Washington, D.C. and inside the halls of Congress.
“It’s been a blast,” Jerry said to a few dozen of his fellow reporters, producers and press gallery staffers who attended his sendoff in the U.S. Capitol.
“This is a unique place, where you watch history, sometimes come together,” Bodlander said, “sometimes quickly, sometimes very slowly,” he said to knowing chuckles about [More]
- 4:00 am Friday, March 10th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
As Republicans moved ahead in Congress this week with a plan to overhaul the Obama health law, GOP leaders set out an ambitious schedule over the next few weeks that could see a showdown on the House floor later this month over a health care reform plan that has the strong backing of President Trump.
“We promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, and now we are one step closer to giving families relief from this collapsing law,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday.
As I reported on the health care story this week, it quickly became apparent that many voters aren’t [More]
- 6:17 pm Thursday, March 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
The White House on Thursday said President Donald Trump did not know that his first National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, was doing consulting work during the latter stages of the Presidential campaign on behalf of a group linked to the government of Turkey, netting Flynn more than a half million dollars in consultant fees, just before taking a job in the Trump White House.
“I don’t believe that that was known,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer of Flynn, when asked by reporters at a daily press briefing.
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- 12:55 pm Thursday, March 9th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
Amid continued grumbling from some conservatives inside and outside of the Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan used a professorial presentation on Thursday to urge GOP lawmakers to stick together on health care reform, arguing the Republican plan represents the best opportunity for major changes to the Obama health law.
“We promised the American people we would fix this problem,” the Speaker said, as he used a power point to make the case for the GOP health plan that was unveiled just on Monday.
“This is something, we as conservatives, have been dreaming about for decades,” the Speaker said. “This is the[More]
- 10:19 pm Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 by Jamie Dupree
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Ignoring the criticism of Democrats, Republicans on two key committees in the U.S. House worked through the night into Thursday on a GOP health reform measure, as backers argued that the bill’s approval is the right first step on the way to making major changes in the Obama health law, as President Trump again signaled his strong support for the effort, despite some grumbling among conservatives.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved a series of GOP tax provisions at 4:30 am, after nearly 18 hours of debate and votes; one of the most notable changes